Charges laid in connection with an arson at a Vaughan bakery
There has been a total of 16 more incidents of arson in York Region from 2015 to 2016, representing an increase of 24.6 per cent. This year, one arson in particular stands out.
On June 12, at around 1:30 a.m., York Regional Police ( YRP) officers were called to a bakery near Jane Street and Highway 7 on Buttermill Avenue in Vaughan.
A suspect had allegedly thrown a canister containing an accelerant through the window of the bakery. Police arrived on the scene to find the window of the store broken and damage done to property. Charges have been laid in connection with the incident.
After a three-month-long investigation, a suspect was arrested with the assistance of the Waterloo Regional Police. “A 27-year-old from Kitchener was arrested,” confirmed constable Andy Pattenden with the YRP. “He was arrested in Kitchener.”
Nobody was present when the incident happened. This was the first of two café-bakery fires deemed “suspicious” by the YRP in June. An explosion occurred at a Woodbridge café two weeks after the June 12 incident.
In August, police responded to a house on fire in the area of Weston Road and Langstaff Road in Vaughan. Investigators also consider that incident to be suspicious.
Most recently, officers with the YRP are seeking witnesses after a fire that occurred on Sept. 27 at a home near Nashville Road and Highway 27 –– two people were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.